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We Offer Weathervanes In Many Styles, Sizes, And Finishes
We have been offering the finest and most comprehensive selection of weathervanes and other building, yard and garden ornaments since 1985.
Ever since the purchase of our first weathervane in 1985 we decided to offer them to other like minded individuals as well as an expanding selection of other outdoor items for home, garden and commercial applications. Fine quality weather vanes have always been an excellent investment. Fine contemporary copperwork will also prove to gain in value as time passes.
A basic arrow ornament is a point and a tail attached to a horizontal tube. Fletching is the ancient art of aerodynamically stabilizing arrows from materials such as feathers so sometimes you might hear about or see wind vanes with arrow points and fletching. There are different types of fletching as well and whether there is an arrow point and what type it is, how intricate the details are and whether the design contains any scrolls, the materials used, their shape and size, all act together to create a well balanced weathervane.
In the early days of the weather vane, businesses would display their specialty using this type of vane. In both the old and new worlds, others would carve a piece of wood into a simple figure for use as a wind indicator. After 1900, the silhouette became very popular again, and often depicted animals, aircraft, fables, sporting events or humorous themes, the list is endless. Silhouettes can be simple or more complex and varied with layering and many popular artistic metalworking techniques.
This is the more contemporary wind vane or weathervane style and is associated with the American weather vane makers rather than the earlier European wind vane pioneers. To make these, first a mold is created, and then copper sheet is hammered in to the mold . The pieces are trimmed, then soldered together into a hollow form a few inches thick.
Every Vane Needs A Mount
When you have decided what type of weathervane you want, and where you are going to place it, you will want to have the appropriate mount to hold it firmly. Wind vanes have to bear the elements so it is important to have a good quality mount and a suitable mounting location: the top of the roof, side of the house or on the top of a cupola.